Work is a space where trust – among people of different political persuasions, education levels, races, sexes, ages and sexual orientations – can be fostered. Over the last few decades, some of the best companies have used inclusiveness and diversity to their competitive advantage, and made a compelling business case for why diversity matters.
Great Place to Work, a research and consulting firm, has collected evidence to show that diversity at the workplace fuels increased commitment which is needed for innovation and the attraction and retention of A-team players of all types. The firm has now released its 2016 Best Workplaces for Diversity list, which was produced in partnership with Fortune.
In determining this ranking, along with the Best Workplaces for Latinos, Best Workplaces for African-Americans, and Best Workplaces for Asian-Americans, the researchers discovered that diverse workplaces are good for business and for all employees. According to Ann Nadeau, chief people officer at Great Place to Work, the best workplaces forge bonds among co-workers from different backgrounds.
These workplaces display a strong sense of community and have recently shown an ability to openly handle adversity in a way that builds respect with employees via open CEO letters and dialogue sessions. In the course of ranking the best workplaces for diversity, the researchers considered about 450,000 employee responses to their Trust Index survey.
This year’s winners include companies such as Texas Health Resources, No. 1 on the list for Best Workplaces for Diversity and No. 2 for Best Workplaces for African-Americans. The Arlington, Texas, hospital system has a workforce that is 77 percent women and 41 percent minorities. It offers ESL classes, provides benefits to same-sex partners, and hosts 32 events a year to connect employees with peers from different backgrounds.
Standouts also include Marriott International, No. 6 for Best Workplaces for Diversity and No. 7 for both Best Workplaces for African Americans and Best Workplaces for Latinos. African American, Latino and other ethnic minorities make up 64 percent of Marriott’s 100,525 employees, and 15 percent of executives. In addition, 2.7 percent of its workforce identifies as LGBT.
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